WHEN a young Alf Wight read a copy of Meccano magazine in 1931 it helped point him along a path that would see him become one of Yorkshire’s most familiar faces.
In the magazine was an article on becoming a veterinary surgeon which was to lead the country vet to Thirsk where he practised for more than 40 years and where his experiences in the 1940s were to shape the books which made the name of his alter ego, author James Herriot.
The magazine features in a collection of James Herriot memorabilia, which has been acquired from a personal collector and was unveiled as the World of James Herriot centre, which re-opened to the public earlier this month.
Last year a new tourism company took on the day-to-day running of the World of James Herriot attraction in the hope of turning around dwindling visitor numbers.
The museum was previously managed by Hambleton District Council, which agreed a 20-year lease with World of James Herriot Ltd. The new arrangements will mean annual savings to the council of £60,000.
l Turn to page 5 for more on the Herriot Museum re-opening.